Guide to Library Research
Mary Livermore Library
Unit 4: Searching for Resources

The Keyword Search

The Keyword Search is a very broad type search. You can search for any combination of words in the various parts of a catalog record: the title, the author's name, subject terms, and the notes fields. You can search for single keywords (e.g. cloning) or combine keywords with AND (e.g. Islam and women). You can interchange different words with similar meaning (such as college and university) using OR (e.g. college or university).


You also can search keywords as a phrase inside quotation marks (e.g. "women in combat"). You can also truncate words with an asterisk * (e.g. prevent* = prevented, preventing, prevention, and prevents).


When BraveCat opens, make sure to select Pembroke (see image below). You can always search the consortium later if you require more resources.


Note: in BraveCat (or any other database) do not search using large phrases. Group concepts together using AND. Example: Do not search "effect of nutrition on intelligence in elementary school students." Do search "intelligence and nutrition and child*"

Keyword Search

The default search is the UNC Coastal Library Consortium, which searches the libraries of Fayetteville State University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Set the initial search to Pembroke (see image below).



NOTE: when searching BraveCat (or any other electronic databases), do not use punctuation or capital letters.


video Click here to watch a video showing how to access and search BraveCat.